Wednesday, 4 April 2018

IWSG: Set Fire to the Rain


It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Before I answer this month's question, you can learn more about the IWSG group, it's founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, and purpose here. The awesome co-hosts for April's post are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara NarayanPlease drop by and thank them for all their hard work.

Time for April's question:

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

I watched a Ted lecture recently, where the speaker talked about the one quality that distinguished the students who went on to achieve the education and career they wanted and those that did not. That quality was grit. The determination to keep going, despite any obstacles and setbacks along the way. If they fell, they picked themselves up and found another way. They never gave up.

I used to have an abundance of grit. A well of determination I could draw on whenever it was needed. When my writing life seemed overcast and like sailing troubled waters, I dug deep into that source and used the fire it gave me to put out the rain. Here's the thing, though: That fire came as much from others as myself. It came from you, my fellow writers and bloggers. I was inspired and motivated by those who'd strolled the path before me and those who were walking it with me. When I had the chance to give back, it felt good to be helping others.

For a long time I lost that grit and fire. I stopped writing, and I dropped out of the blogging and writing community. I didn't realise just how much I needed both until I really started writing again, and then signed up for April's Camp NaNoWriMo. It's only day four, but my cabin mates are already inspiring and motivating me. I can feel that grit returning. I hope I'm doing the same for them.

My camp goal is 60 hours of writing. My specific goals are as follows:

  • Outline adult science fiction series
  • Plot book one of adult science fiction series
  • First read-through and edit of YA science fiction book

What do you do when your writing life is cloudy or filled with rain? What's fueling your grit and determination to keep going no matter what life throws at you? Are any of you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? How is it going?

12 comments:

  1. We lose motivation for life in general when we disconnect. Glad you are doing Camp NaNo and are excited again.

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  2. Good luck with Camp NaNo! I feel as I'm getting older, I'm getting grittier. Might be that I'm getting wiser, but it could also be my old thick skin. :)

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  3. Hi Ellie - thanks for your comment on my Dinosaur post ... the Jurassic Coast is just beautiful ... and how lucky you are to be near there for walks with the dog etc ... enjoy life and write, write, write ... while having a great time -cheers Hilary

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  4. Support is so paramount. I'm glad you're getting back into it. There are definitely seasons when our motivation wanes, but the important thing is that we get back to it eventually.

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  5. Yes, we need support. It's hard to operate in a vacuum.

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  6. Hi Ellie, good luck with Camp NaNo.

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  7. I'm not sure I have that much grit. I just keeping plugging away at writing because I enjoy it (most of the time). And yes, the support of fellow writers is amazingly important to keeping us going.

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  8. I enjoy the writing community and they do inspire though I'm pretty much self-motivated and also pretty good about sitting down in my writing chair when I'd rather skip it a day.

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  9. Good luck with your Camp. My grandma compared life to a zebra: white stripes followed by black ones. Maybe you were in the black zone when you disconnected, and now you are coming back to a white zone again.

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  10. Blogging friends are the best. They have kept me going too! Good luck with Camp.

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  11. Good luck with your goals, and it definitely helps to have the company of fellow sufferers :)

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  12. Lots of luck with those goals and I hope if you read Good Morning, Midnight, you'll review it. I'd love to know what you thought, as a fellow scifi lover.

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